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Definition Edit

Match-on-card technology is

the concept of matching and storing fingerprints on a smart card. This establishes the physical presence of a cardholder and thereby facilitates a secure proof of identity.[1]

Overview Edit

"Match-on-card technology can be used with virtually any biometric and usually takes the form of a smart card. The card has a biometric template (for example, a digitized and encoded fingerprint) stored in a computer chip. A live version of the fingerprint is then compared with the stored template for verification purposes. The technology's advantage is that it can be used as part of a network where the presented biometric is compared to a centralized database (e.g., the US-VISIT program), for comparison with local databases, or for an offline comparison between the presented biometric and the stored template on the card itself. Smart cards essentially act as the "issuer's security agent in the hands of the user." In addition, the security levels available are scalable. One could use the card and biometric, cards combined with PINs, cards with biometric templates used in conjunction with PINs."[2]

References Edit

  1. "What is MoC?" (full-text).
  2. Biometric Technologies: Security, Legal, and Policy Implications, at 6.

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